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Video: Sir Paul Smith talks cycling with Rapha founder Simon Mottram

Fashion designer talks of his lifelong passion for the sport of cycling

We’ve featured the Rapha + Paul Smith collection before, the fruits of a collabortion between the upmarket London-based cycling clothing brand and perhaps the pre-eminent British fashion designer of his generation. Now, Rapha has released a film in which Sir Paul, who once had dreams of becoming a pro cyclist, speaks with the brand’s founder and CEO, Simon Mottram.

Described as “A revealing and engaging portrait of one man’s enduring passion for the sport,” the film sees the Nottingham-born fashion designer recollect “his days as a young rider sneaking home copies of ‘exotic’ newspaper, L’Equipe, the heroes that inspired him, and his father’s bemusement at the very un-English sport of road racing.”

The film, which you can watch below, also covers how the sport has changed, the good and bad sides of following pro cycling in the online era, as well as what is described as “the special relationship Paul Smith enjoys with today’s elite riders.”

Rapha + Paul Smith - A Conversation from RAPHA on Vimeo.


Meanwhile, the Rapha + Paul Smith collection for Autumn Winter 2010 can be bought online here.

Simon joined as news editor in 2009 and is now the site’s community editor, acting as a link between the team producing the content and our readers. A law and languages graduate, published translator and former retail analyst, he has reported on issues as diverse as cycling-related court cases, anti-doping investigations, the latest developments in the bike industry and the sport’s biggest races. Now back in London full-time after 15 years living in Oxford and Cambridge, he loves cycling along the Thames but misses having his former riding buddy, Elodie the miniature schnauzer, in the basket in front of him.

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